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Anthony Gismondi on Wine

Week in Review

Saturday, March 25 2017
03 · 25

Hope Springs Eternal

Spring has arrived and while the weather isn’t co-operating we are preparing for the inevitable onslaught of fresh white and rosé wines heading our way. Treve is in South Africa judging at the National Wine Challenge while back home we are turning out new reviews daily – over 450 since January 1. Our latest Top Ten looks at Italian Reds and Allison Spurrell our Cheese Dreams expert touts the tasty Jura Montagne. Our video series asking “What, if anything, does natural wine mean to you?” has garnered some amazing response. You can post your comments on the debate on our Gismondi On Wine Facebook page. Enjoy.

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Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
by: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Top 10 : Italian Reds Under $25

Top 10 : Italian Reds Under $25

It's been said that no one knows all of the indigenous Italian grapes. No one - not even when their Latin winegrowing, vine tending, wine producing genes date back 20+ centuries (and countless before) in Italy. The Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine in Italy before the Romans even started their empire building and wine traditions in the 2nd century BCE. There are hundreds (some say thousands) of autochthonous (local) grapes in Italy, even before one considers the myriad of synonyms and mutations that have been selected somewhere along the line for centuries...
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Allison Spurrell
Cheese Pleaseby: Allison Spurrell
Jura Montagne

Jura Montagne

There is something special about mountain cheeses. Although many of them have a similar basic nuttiness, they all have amazing subtleties of flavor and texture.  It is the differences in taste that bring to mind the beautiful areas these high alpine cheeses are made. Every valley and slope has different flowers, grasses and herbs growing, and all of this natural flora is expressed in the flavour of the milk. If the cheese maker has done a good job, then the delicate ecosystem of this amazing landscape is translated into the taste of the finished cheese...
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Treve Ring
From the TreveHouseby: Treve Ring
Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration

Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration

Few grapes incite as much emotion, or admiration, world wide as pinot noir. Last week a small group of Vancouver sommeliers to taste through a dozen Mornington Peninsula pinot noirs. The wines aren't available in the Canadian market (yet) but were selected for inclusion in the Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration 2017, happening right now in Australia. Dr. Jamie Goode is the keynote speaker, and has posted his opening talk on Pinot Noir: the alchemy of people, place and time here.  The Celebration has been held in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula since 2003 to promote Australian Pinot Noir on a national, state, regional - and thanks to the interwebs - global level to an audience of 200 attendees, and a virtual audience of pinotphiles everywhere...
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